The BeSafeRx app can help you identify and avoid fraudulent online pharmacies. How do you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally?
Have you ever thought about buying your medications from an online pharmacy or another website?
Be careful when purchasing medicines online. There are several legitimate pharmacy websites that offer convenience, privacy, and safeguards for purchasing medicines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that there are many rogue online pharmacies that sell prescription medicines at deeply discounted prices, often without requiring a valid prescription. These pharmacies sell unapproved or counterfeit medicines outside the safeguards followed by licensed pharmacies.
The Canadian flag may be seen prominently on these rogue websites, but they may be run by criminals from another country and have nothing to do with Canada. Purchases from these sites may also be dangerous and may harm your health.
Using the FDA’s BeSafeRx, you can identify and avoid fake online pharmacies. How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally?
A warning sign of a rogue online pharmacy is the presence of fake or false testimonials and reviews.
Be careful of online pharmacies that:
These pharmacies often sell medicines that may be dangerous because: They may contain impurities.
The active ingredient is what makes the medicine work for the illness or condition it is intended to treat. It causes one of the following three situations: 1) the medicine works as intended, 2) the medicine has no effect, or 3) the medicine causes dangerous side effects.
It is possible that the medicine you are taking was not stored properly, and as a result, it may not work well to treat your condition.
Identify Online Pharmacies That Are Legit and Secure
To avoid getting ripped off, you should look for signs that an online pharmacy is reputable. Look for these signs:
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesTM Seal, also known as the VIPPS® Seal, is a trustworthy way to check on a website. It means that it complies with state pharmacy regulations as well as other NABP requirements. You can find legitimate pharmacies that carry the VIPPS® seal on the VIPPS website.